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Pandemic Pause

It has been a couple months now since I packed up my office, taking with me the books and files needed to teach online from home.  For some in the healthcare field and supportive industries, the pandemic brought a frenzy of activity in efforts to save human lives.  For the 1.5 million Americans who have...
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Journey to Readiness Unique to Each Student 

A Reflection from Grant Officer Rev. Dr. Angela Jackson   Working with students – whether through grant programs, as a ministry mentor, or in the classroom – is one of my greatest joys. I love witnessing their unfolding vocations and ministries as they matriculate through seminary and emerge as increasingly thoughtful, confident leaders. For some, ministry...
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DMin Creative Leadership Track Equips Learners

Des Peres Assistant Professor of Congregational Health Dr. John Park Explains how the DMin Creative Leadership Track Equips Learners Central’s DMin program offers a track in creative leadership. This unique track has equipped and graduated students with tools and connections that helped them to be the kind of leaders they need to be as they...
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Creatively Serving People as a Missionary in Daily Life

Director of Korean Programs and Associate Professor of Practical Theology & Contextual Ministry Education Dr. Samuel Park Reflects on Prospective Graduate Eunho Lee’s Experience at Central  “As a worship leader in my church, I see my role not as a position of carrying the burden of leading congregants into the worship,” says Eunho Lee, a...
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Stay-at-Home Order Leads to Using New Skills Gained

A Reflection from Liz Larrivee, M.Div. student from the Ann Arbor, MI, Site  As a charter member of the Ann Arbor, Michigan, extension campus M.Div. program, I value Central’s academic excellence and faith community formation through an innovative blended learning approach.  The creative contextual learning-based curriculum provided hands-on new church plant experience at New Waves...
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Transcending Geographical Boundaries to Find the "Sacred"

Reflection from Marci Wilson-Boggs, MDiv Student, Class of 2020   The Worship Class we experienced in the fall of 2019 via Zoom was a great opportunity for us to transcend the boundaries of geography to determine what we decided collectively would be "sacred." As we studied the liturgies across history, we were able to let go of...
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Transition to Online Teaching Seamless

Dianne C. Shumaker Assistant Professor of Peace and Justice Dr. Ruth Lofgren Rosell Reflects on the Relevancy of Central’s Innovative MDiv Curriculum  When the pandemic hit and there arose the need to socially distance and shelter in place, many schools and seminaries were left scrambling as how to proceed with the process of education.  Such...
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A Central "Cloud of Witnesses"

A Reflection from Central Alum. Rev. Tyler Tankersley, Pastor of Ardmore Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC Not long ago I was driving to visit a member of my congregation who lives about an hour away in rural North Carolina. I plugged their address into my phone’s GPS app and turned on some music. The robotic voice...
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For Such a Time as This

A Reflection from MDiv Student Debbie Giese  April of 2020 finds me in places I never thought I’d be. One, clearly, is being under quarantine during a global pandemic in a country that can’t agree on anything. The second is preparing for my third term as a seminarian at CBTS.   Shortly before my 52nd birthday,...
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A Foundation for Thoughtful Navigation and Critical Engagement

Landreneau Guillory Professor of Biblical Studies Dr. David May Reflects on How the MA(TS) Degree Prepares Students for Leadership   The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree provides a path of exploration and engagement for those persons open to new ideas and perspectives.  In a changing world where theological and religious questions are raised both explicitly...
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